The Bastille

Ronney Mourad and Dianne Guenin-Lelle

in The Prison Narratives of Jeanne Guyon

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199841127
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919536 | DOI:

Series: AAR Religions in Translation

The Bastille

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Guyon describes her transition to life in the Bastille prison, where a woman who works for her guard, Monsieur du Junca, attends her and makes her life difficult. She becomes seriously ill. It is in the Bastille that she meets Marc-René de Voyer de Paulmy d’Argenson, the infamous Lieutenant General of Police in Paris who subjected her to lengthy, psychologically abusive interrogations focusing particularly on her association with François Fénelon. She describes and criticizes d’Argenson's unjust investigation. She wins the trust of and becomes a spiritual mentor to the woman assigned to watch her, but this woman die The goddaughter of Monsieur du Junca becomes her new attendant. D’Argenson breaks off his interrogations after Pope Innocent XII condemns Fénelon's Maxims of the Saints in 1699.

Keywords: Monsieur du Junca; Marc-René de Voyer de Paulmy d’Argenson; François Fénelon; Maxims of the Saints; Pope Innocent XII; Bastille

Chapter.  6191 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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